Friday, 29 March 2013

Super Readers - Kie Reads 'We're Going On A Bear Hunt'

Our latest Super Reader, Kie, reads the wonderful story, We're Going On a Bear Hunt. Follow this adventurous tale as a brave family travel through a dark forest, freezing snowstorm and deep river as they search for a bear! Enjoy!

Thursday, 28 March 2013

Did You Enjoy The Visit From Jeremy Strong?

Another Jeremy Strong blog post! This time I want to know what you enjoyed the most from the visit. Double click below to share your comment.

Wednesday, 27 March 2013

Challenge Of The Week - Jeremy Strong Quiz!

Following our visit from Jeremy Strong yesterday, our Challenge Of The Week is based around his work. To help you answer the questions take a look at yesterday's blog post...
As always the answers are at the bottom of the page. Good luck!
The first challenge - fill in the blanks to complete the titles of these popular stories that are new to our library this week.

1. My Brother's ...... Bottom Gets Pinched!

2. The ......-....-An-Hour Dog

3. Krankenstein's Crazy ..... Of Horror
For the second challenge - what story did I record Jeremy Strong reading in the library? Why did Jeremy choose to read this book?
The final task - during his session with KS1, Jeremy read a chapter from one of his books. Can you remember the title of that book?
Task 1 - 1. My Brother's Famous Bottom Gets Pinched! 2. The Hundred-Mile-An-Hour Dog 3. Krankenstein's Crazy House Of Horror!
Task 2 - Shark In The Park. He chose this book because the author Nick Sharratt illustrated some of his books, including I'm Telling You They're Aliens!
Task 3 - Giant Jim and the Hurricane
Visit the library to pick up a Jeremy Strong worksheet to complete over the holiday.

Tuesday, 26 March 2013

Jeremy Strong Visits Our School Library! Includes Special Super Reader Video!

Today we were visited by popular children's author, Jeremy Strong! He began his day by working with Reception, and years one and two. He told them about some of the stories he has wrote, the way he plans his stories, where he writes his books and even shared a chapter from his book, Giant Jim and the Hurricane.

Jeremy Strong tells the children how he likes to plan for his stories, he always uses black ink!

Reading a chapter from, Giant Jim and the Hurricane

Jeremy works at the end of his garden in his shed, he likes it to be nice and quiet so he can concentrate.

Talking about one of his popular children's books, My Brother's Famous Bottom!

After working with KS1, Jeremy visited our library, where he recorded a book review of The Hundred Mile-An-Hour Dog using the audioboo app, and special a Super Reader video. He really brings the story of The Shark and the Park alive with his brilliant use of expression!

You can listen to the book review here...

Last week we set up a Jeremy Strong Book Club where a group of year 5 pupils were selected to create a newspaper/magazine. To support their work, a few pupils from the group came along to the library at lunchtime to interview Jeremy.

As an extra treat Jeremy signed 16 new books for our library! We now have the collection of Cartoon Kid, some extra copies of My Brother's Famous Bottom and The Hundred Mile-An-Hour Dog, as well as Doctor Bonkers, Krankeinstein's Crazy House of Horror and The Pirate School Collection!

Monday, 25 March 2013

Read For My School Has Finished

Back in January pupils in years 5 and 6 were invited to take part in Read for my School. A challenge that encouraged children to read books, both online and from the library. On Friday, after two months, the challenge finally came to an end.

Well done to Abbi Maxwell, Alex Paius, Ali Kinata, Allyson Kinata, Amy Mason, David Sangojinmi, George Lotter, Holly Berry, Leah Webb, Louise Straw, Louise Paius, Sabina Kopkovo, Summer Trinder and Toby Adelowo, who, in total, read 132 books! For all their hard work our school will be rewarded with five new books!

Each pupil that took part received a certificate in Friday's assembly. Two children were given slightly different certificates, David for reading the most books and Amy for most interesting response to a book.

Friday, 22 March 2013

Super Readers - Lilly and Brooke Share 'Elmer'

Last week Lilly and Brooke visited the library to read the story of Elmer, a patchwork elephant. They have read the story many times before and wanted to share it with you! Well done to both Lilly and Brooke, you did a fantastic job!

Thursday, 21 March 2013

What Books Would You Like To See In The Library?

Our recent book sale helped us raise nearly £30! The money raised will be spent on new books, but not any old books, ones recommended by you! If you have a story that you have really enjoyed reading at home, and know your friends will love it too, list it below by double clicking on the bookshelf!

Wednesday, 20 March 2013

Audio Boo Book Reviews

Recently in the library, we have been recording book reviews using the audioBoo App. So far four pupils have taken part, reviewing books for both Key Stage 1 and 2. Once published the reviews appear directly on the school blog. Quick Response Codes have been created and stuck on the back of the books, allowing pupils to scan them and listen to the views of others before borrowing the books themselves!

If you have a book that you wish to share your thoughts on then make a few notes and bring it along to the library to make a recording.

Things you might want to include in your review;

- The title and author of the book
- A brief description of the story
- Who was the main character and what were they like?
- What was your favourite part?
- Was there anything you disliked?
- How long it took you to read the book
- Who do you think would like to borrow this book, is it best suited to children in year 4 or 5?
- Is the book part of a series?

Listen to the reviews already created by clicking on the images below.


Tuesday, 19 March 2013

Challenge Of The Week - The Very Hungry Caterpillar

On Friday a YouTube video was uploaded of Grace and Finley sharing the story of The Very Hungry Caterpillar. Watch the clip very carefully to help you answer these questions.

1. What fruit did the caterpillar eat on Monday?
  Apple                Pear                Plum                 Strawberry            Orange

2. Can you name all of the foods below? They made the caterpillar have a stomach ache!
3. The caterpillar built a house around himself called a ......?
4. What did the caterpillar turn into at the end of the story?

1. An Apple, 2. Lollipop, Cherry Pie, Sausage, Cupcake and Watermelon , 3. Cocoon, 4. Butterfly.

Monday, 18 March 2013

Bookmark Winners Take A Trip To Waterstones!

On Friday 15th March, the winners of the Design a Bookmark Competition took a trip to Waterstones in Romford. As their prize, for winning the competition, they each picked a book of their choice. After choosing their books, they enjoyed juice and cornflake cakes in Costa whilst having a flick through their new books. Unfortunately, Sky could not join us for the trip, but we picked her up a book token instead.
After taking a look around the children's section everyone chose a book.
David, Beth and Terrika took a closer look at their books.

Enjoying the cake!

Charlie met us at the bookshop.

Sienna sharing her Hello Kitty book with Terrika.
With our new books!
On the bus :)
A thumbs up from Beth!

These are the winning bookmarks:
Charlie's amazing dinosaur and Sky's beautiful rainbow.

Sienna drew Jack and The Beanstalk, whilst Connor went for a bookworm design!
Broadford trees by Luis and 'I Love Reading' by Terrika. 

Beth's book-erupting volcano and David's 'Don't Stop Reading' designs.

Friday, 15 March 2013

Super Readers - Grace and Finley Share 'The Very Hungry Caterpillar'

Grace and Finley visited the library this week to share the story of 'The Very Hungry Caterpillar'. They have been reading the story in class to support their topic, Growing and Changing. They retold the story in their own words, and were fantastic at remembering the names of the food that the caterpillar ate! A huge well done to both Finley and Grace!

Thursday, 14 March 2013

Share Your Most Loved Stories

Have you read a book that you just couldn't put down? Want to share it with your friends? If so, double click below and write the title and why you liked it so much.


Wednesday, 13 March 2013

Challenge Of The Week - Name These KS2 Book Characters

Use the clues below to help you work out who these popular characters are. Check your answers at the bottom of the page. Good Luck!
1. A bright young girl who loves books and reading. Mr. and Mrs. Wormwood, her parents, think she's always in the way, but all they are interested in is watching television! She discovers that she has supernatural powers and plays some nasty tricks on her parents and her wicked headteacher, Miss Trunchball.

2. A series of stories follow the life of this weakling during his time at middle-school. He makes friends with Rowley Jefferson, an unpopular loser. He finds himself in situations that often end with him suffering the most from humiliation!
3. The books that tell the story of this character follow him over seven years. With the death of both parents, he was left an orphan. On his 11th birthday he discovered he was a wizard and from then on attended Hogwarts School of Witchcraft and Wizardry to practise magic.

4. A horrid little boy who plays tricks on his little brother, Perfect Peter. He belongs to the purple hand gang along with best friend Rude Ralph.

5. A stinky gentleman, his only companion is his dog, Duchess, who enjoys sausages. He was left homeless after his house burnt down.
1. Matilda, 2. Greg Heffley, 3. Harry Potter, 4. Horrid Henry, 5. Mr Stink

Tuesday, 12 March 2013

New In - Jeremy Strong Books

This term Jeremy Strong will be visiting our school. To learn a little more about the work of this brilliant author we are pleased to announce the following Jeremy Strong books have been added to our library;

-My Dad's Got An Alligator!
-My Granny's Great Escape
-My Mum's Going To Explode
-My Brother's Famous Bottom
-My Brother's Famous Bottom Gets Pinched
-My Brother's Famous Bottom Goes Camping
-My Brother's Hot Cross Bottom
-My Brother's Christmas Bottom Unwrapped!
-The Hundred-Mile-An-Hour Dog
-The Return Of The Hundred-Mile-An-Hour Dog
-Wanted! The Hundred-Mile-An-Hour Dog
-Lost! The Hundred-Mile-An-Hour Dog
-Christmas Chaos For The Hundred-Mile-An-Hour Dog
-The Hundred-Mile-An-Hour Dog Goes For Gold
-Krazy Kow Saves The World
-Beware! Killer Tomatoes
-I'm Telling You, They Are Aliens!
-Dinosaur Pox
-Chicken School
-Batpants and The Vanishing Elephant

Very popular among KS2 children, Jeremy Strong has published more than 70 children's books. You can find out more about the stories he has wrote by clicking here. Visit his website today and you'll find tips on writing stories, read his blog posts and join in the fun at his Krazy Klub!

Monday, 11 March 2013

Book Sale

On Friday a book sale was held to celebrate World Book Day, despite the wet weather we raised £26! There is still a large selection of books left over, so they will be available to buy from the library.

I know that morning nursery children missed out due to the timing of the sale, I will therefore be holding another sale for them this Friday at 11.30am. Hope to see you there! :)

Friday, 8 March 2013

Super Readers - Jude Reads 'The Gruffalo'

Our 'Super Reader' of the week is Cedar's Jude, with one of his favourite stories, The Gruffalo. Jude told the story really well. He liked the way the author changed meals like scrambled egg into food the Gruffalo might enjoy, like scramble snake! Well done Jude!

We learnt lots about The Gruffalo author, Julia Donaldson, before the holiday. Take a look at our 'Amazing Author' blogpost with links to The Gruffalo's website!

Thursday, 7 March 2013

World Book Day and Competition Winners!


To celebrate World Book Day, The Biggest Book Show On Earth will be going live, online from 11am. The show features nine authors, including, Cathy Cassidy, Lauren Child and Anthony Horowitz, who will be sharing their story-writing skills with you. You can catch up online by clicking here. Enjoy!

Tonight a special episode of Blue Peter will announce the winners of their annual book awards. Over the past months they have been searching for the Best Story and Best Book with Facts. They created a shortlist of six books, which have been passed on to more than 200 children. Tune in later to find out what the winning books are.

Tomorrow we will be holding a book sale. There are lots of books to choose from, priced at 10p to 50p. The books will be on sale all day in the library and outside Pine and Mulberry at the end of the day. Money raised will go on new books.

Design a Bookmark Competition Winners

As promised today is the day that the winners of the Design a Bookmark Competition are announced. I was very impressed with the effort that went into each and every one and in total received 121 bookmarks. As you can imagine choosing the winners was very difficult, so, instead of
having just four, we have increased it to eight! The winners will be invited to attend Waterstones in Romford, where they will receive the prize of a book.

And the winners are...

Nursery and Reception:
Charlie Illott and Sky Griffiths

Years 1 and 2:
Conor Borrell and Sienna Nickson

Years 3 and 4:
Terrika Wright and Luis Bone

Years 5 and 6:
Beth King and David Sangojinmi

Over the next week I will begin to use their designs and recreate them on the computer, they will then be used as Reading Award prizes when children have read 25 books, or 2,500 pages. Congratulations to all our winners and a HUGE thank you to all that entered. Don't forget all the bookmarks will be sent off to the World Book Day judges wuth the chance of winning more prizes, so, good luck!

Wednesday, 6 March 2013

Challenge Of The Week - Name That Author!

Rearrange the letters to reveal the names of these popular children's authors.
1. olaRd hDal
Writer of popular stories, Matilda, James and The Giant Peach and The Witches.
2. qacJleniue lsWion
Creator of Tracy Beaker.
3. lilJ uprhyM
Our 'Amazing Author' has produced some lovely stories, including Whatever Next and Peace At Last.
4. fefJ iennKy
Well known for his 'Diary of a Wimpy Kid' series of books.
5. ialeMch rpgroMuo
Author of the War Horse and The Butterfly Lion.
1. Roald Dahl, 2. Jacqueline Wilson, 3. Jill Murphy, 4. Jeff Kinney, 5. Michael Morpurgo